Thursday, February 15, 2007

A Truly Love-ly Day...

Hope all of you had mah-velous Valentine's Days! We did it "low-key" this year--got the kids some goodies, got each other some goodies, got some really special goodies from the girls, went to church and was inspired about love, then came home to watch "American Idol," Alabama basketball, and "Lost." A bit atypical (can't remember the last time G and I didn't go out on Valentine's Day), but that's okay. We will make up for it when G is feeling all better. Besides, every day should be V-Day, don't ya think?

Some great memories from yesterday, though. Thought I'd share some pictures that really communicate the joy and love...

One of G's fave candies is Toblerone, so I bought a big-honkin bar for him and altered the wrapper (it then said, "You R the One" lol) . . .



Got a lovely garden rose plant from G. This will definitely go in the flower garden come Springtime. (Will it get here quickly, please?) . . .



Always have SO much fun picking out stuffed animals for the girls. This year I did PERFECTLY in picking out the ones that fit their personalities. When they saw them all together, they immediately picked out which ones were theirs . . .







A fun group picture (love how Scout just jumps in to act as goofy as they do). . .



Made some really yummy heart brownies, and S helped me bake some of these easy frozen Val-Day sugar cookies . . .



It was SO cold last night, so after we got home from church Gary got a crackling fire going. It felt and sounded so good (sheesh, these pics make me realize howI need to clean. Please ignorethe ashes on the hearth. lol) . . .



But the BEST part of the day was the homemade surprises given to us by the girls.Delaney had helped make valentines with Sydney the night before, and Gary and I both got one (btw, S kept saying it was Happy Valentine's Day...notValentine's Day...it was too cute) . . .



And the BEST was the coupon book that all three girls made together for us. McKenna came up with the idea (she loves to scrapbook and is always working on some sort of project) . . .



It had 10 different coupons for us to redeem . . .



and had this sentiment at the end. Both Gary and I teared up. It means so much when your kids tell you that they appreciate you, and they are saying it on their own. Made my day. . .



I hope that your day was filled with similar realizations. And I hope that you all realized, whether you are in marriages or have children or are in tough situations or in none at all, that there is love all around you. It can be in the wonderful friendships you have, or with a sister or a brother; it can be simply in the joy of living and enjoying simple pleasures every day; and it can be in the knowledge that God loves you no matter what!

Now, I CANNOT let this post go by without mentioning my Valentine's Night tv watching. I watched the Bama-Florida basketball game downstairs in the den and ran upstairs during commericals to get American Idol updates from the girls.

Alabama had me believing for a while there that they would come through and beat #1 Florida (we were ahead by 18 at one point), but the Gators ended up being too strong in the end and we lost another game. It's starting to get depressing!

There are quite a few guys and gals that made it to the Top 24 that I still don't know anything about, so next week will be good to hear them sing more. But right now I'm really digging Chris--aka the Jack Osborne look-alike (he can really sing!), Brandon, and several of the other guys. The guys, in fact, are impressing me more than the girls right now. What do you think?

And then.... Holy Cow!!!! What about "Lost" last night??!!! It just blew me away with the whole Desmond-time trippin' thing and the revelation that he's just trying to save Charlie.AND, I got online and found several articles that revealed through interviews with the show's producers that there really is an over-arching plan for all of these things that we've seen through the three seasons so far; it really is all going to come together! I know it's lost some viewers, but I still really love this show!! What do you think?

And finally. . . I got like 35 comments on yesterday's post and will have the girls draw a name from them this afternoon. I will announce tomorrow who my RAK winner is!

Happy Thursday... and stay warm!! (It's still SO cold here!!)

20 comments:

Mississippi Songbird said...
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Mississippi Songbird said...

I'll try it again...( I deleted the first one when I tried to correct some spelling...)lol

I'm so glad you had a wonderful valentines day...**hugs***

scrapperjen said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful day/evening yesterday - I'm glad! I love the candy wrapper - very cute!

Hope you're having a good day today!

aimee said...

Lost was so good! I know that it is all about the love story of Desmond and Penny. has to be! :)

Barb said...

Boy, your music video sure livens things up around here, Cheryl. LOL The one I'm playing sounds like a lullaby by comparison.

We had a great Valentine's night. KFC and American Idol and that sure worked for me. Nothing says love like not having to cook!

Amanda said...

Are you kidding me right now?? THAT IS THE SWEETEST V-DAY CARD from your daughters....will boys think to tell me that kind of mushy stuff when they're older???

NMOTB said...

That is simply amazing and so very sweet! Glad to hear you guy's had fun - low key is also fun now and again.

That coupon book is just the cutest idea and something you can cherish for along time still to come!

I am off this weekend, so no blogging for me but I will see ya on Sunday again.

Enjoy the weekend and love to all!

Jane said...

Sounds like you had a great day. Love what you did to the toblerone! And it's pretty easy to see where McKenna gets her scrapbooking talent from! ;)

Missy's Blog said...

Cheryl ... your Valentine's post brought a smile to my heart. You have such a lovely, sweet family.

Kelly said...

ok, I am into American Idol,(much to my husband's chagrin)but I didn't get to watch all of it last night. It does seem like the guys are better than the girls. I can't wait until next week to see how they do. I don't know the names of everyone, but I'm sure I'll learn them soon.

Greta said...

i see you have passed on your mad scrappin skills....love it all glad you had a good day

Amy Mowbray said...

What sweet girls you have. They're so thoughtful and kind. Glad you had a great day.

Idol was really good. I was suprised by some of them too!

Anonymous said...

Those are some sweet things you got on Valentines Day. Gotta love the ones from the girls!

Linda said...

Y'all had a very special Valentine's Day. I envy you the fire. In our next house that is a must. Hope Gary is feeling well.

Crazy Working Mom said...

Such sweet Valentines from your family! :)
I love your creativity for hubby too.
Looks like you guys had a great day!

Cheryl Wray said...

Songbird-- Ha! I hate it when I mess up on a post too! Glad you got it through! Hugs to you too!!
Scrapperjen-- Val Day was fun! yep, having a good day today too!
Aimee--I agree! I really do think that the Desmond/Penelope story is central to all of it!
Barb-- Like the song, huh? It IS quite rocking, isn't it? A recommendation from my teen DD and I LOVE it!!! I had KFC tonight--yumm!!!
Amanda--They really are pretty amazing! And, yes, I have heard that boys can be quite mushy with their mommas!!

Cheryl Wray said...

New Mom--The coupon book was the greatest!!! Have a WONDERFUL weekend!! See ya Sunday!!
Jane-- G loves that Toblerone stuff. He's almost finished that huge candy bar already!!
Missy--We really do have a sweet little family. I have to count my blessings!!
Kelly--I can't stand audition times, but now I can start to enjoy it!! I am also frustrated that I don't know all of them yet; I feel like they've only shown us snippets of them. But we'll learn them soon!
Greta-Hope you had a good Val Day too! (even though you hate the holiday! lol)
Amy--My girls really do surprise me sometimes! They have always been very thoughtful!
Anon--Homemade things are the best!
Linda--I do love our fireplace! It is so cozy on these cold days!
Crazy--We DID have a good day! My dh has learned that he will probably get something "scrappy" from me!! lol

BeckyA said...

Oh, that candy wrapper is just to darn cute!!!! What a perfect gift for him!!! Your girlies are adorable and their coupon book even made *me* tear up! lol

Lynilu said...

The coupon book is so sweet. Dear little girls you have there. I like what you said about having love. Sometimes it is easy to forget that. This year was a little hard for me. I don't remember last V Day at all, and I suppose it was blocked from my memory (the first after my hub died). I didn't lack love this year, but lack a special someone for the first time in my adulthood, so it felt odd. My life is so good that this was just a little tiny blip. Love abounds!

Adrienne " A little dramatic at times" said...

OMG! LOST WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!